September is often seen as a relaxing month: schools reopen, summer is over and we don’t have to worry about Christmas yet. It is also a good month for exhibitions. Two of the finest food events are lunch! 2016 and the Food Entrepreneur Show.
You’ve already missed lunch! 2016 which took place last week at the Business Design Centre in London and was attended by thousands of food and drink buyers. Billed as “the UK’s biggest and multi-award winning show for the food-to-go trade”, visitors included food-to-go operators, food retailers, and contract caterers, as well as a representation from independent and multiple cafés, coffee shops and sandwich shops.
Two keynote theatres were set up for eminent speakers to address current issues that affect the industry. High profile companies such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee offered advice, with seminars on a variety of subjects, including attracting and retaining customers, the future of hot food to go, winning the lunchtime competition battle and how to launch a successful cafe business.
Over 350 exhibiting companies showcased a range of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology. New exhibitors included Nestle Waters UK, Pukka Herbs, Florette UK + Ireland, Tails Cocktails, Dragonfly Foods, and the Tao Family.
The show also saw the return of the Innovation Challenge Awards for the most innovative products in the food-to-go sector. The Start Up Zone was hugely popular with visitors able to interact with a range of new start-up companies from across the sector. The Zone gave the opportunity to experience innovative products launching in the industry from companies that are not normally found at trade shows.
If you missed lunch! this year then make sure you book up for next year to be held at ExCel in London. The show has an impressive amount of awards: it was shortlisted for Best UK Trade Show Exhibition over 2,000sqm by the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2016. It won Best Trade Show at the Exhibition News Awards in 2014 and was shortlisted for Best Trade Show and Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign in 2015.
There’s still time for you to get to The Food Entrepreneur Show 2016 on 27 and 28 September 2016 at ExCeL London, the number one event for business growth and expansion in the food profession. 150 expert speakers are booked and there are over 200 suppliers exhibiting.
Take your business to the next level by attending the seminars: for instance, are you playing the right music in your restaurant? Have you got your own brand mobile app? Is your restaurant’s ordering system ready?
If the answer to any of these questions is no then the Food Entrepreneur Show is for you! Incorporating the Takeaway and Restaurant Innovation Expo and the Restaurant Design Show as well as Street Food Live, the event is a must for all those involved in the restaurant business.